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SOURCE Health Canada
OTTAWA, March 7, 2018 /CNW/ -
Health Canada is advising Canadians that several unauthorized health products were seized from Revoskin (2299 Burrard Street) in Vancouver, B.C., because they may pose serious health risks.
The seized unauthorized health products were being administered as injectable treatments for cosmetic purposes. They include injectable drugs (botulinum toxin type A in "Nabota" and lidocaine in "Ouye"), and injectable medical devices such as dermal fillers.
Unauthorized health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means that they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality. Selling unauthorized health products in Canada is illegal.
Who is affected
The unauthorized health products include:
What consumers should do
What Health Canada is doing
Health Canada seized the unauthorized health products and is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of these products. Should additional retailers or distributors be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians as necessary.
Botulinum toxin type A is used to treat severe muscle spasms in the neck, eye and foot, as well as chronic migraines, urinary incontinence, and excessive sweating. It is also used for cosmetic purposes to treat facial wrinkling. Authorized botulinum toxin type A products should only be used under specialist supervision and only if the benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the risks. Potential risks associated with injecting an unauthorized Botulinum toxin type A product can range from mild local paralysis to death. All products administered by injection in Canada must be authorized for sale by Health Canada.
Lidocaine injection can only be used by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic adequately equipped to manage side effects. Too much of it may cause toxic effects such as seizures, fainting, shortness of breath, or even death in severe cases. These side effects can also happen when a small amount of lidocaine is injected in a sensitive spot.
The use of unlicensed medical devices (such as hyaluronic acid) carries significant risk due to potential for infection, scarring and poor outcomes. These devices have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness or quality.
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